March 29, 2011

comme une fleur - sweet shot tuesday



I am falling in love with making dresses but I'm still really bad at it. I only wish I had my mom's technical sewing and knitting abilities. She was incredible at it & used to make some of our clothes when my sister and I were kids. She would get japanese magazines and study the images and make patterns from kraft paper or regular newspaper.




Here, I used the same pattern as the last dress I made except I wanted to add shoulder straps from the back that would button on the front so I cut the bottom part of the dress according to the pattern and did freehand tweaking on the top. Start to finish, 4 hours. 1 extra hour was taken in trying to find buttons (nacre de perles buttons taken off my wedding blazer!), sewing button hole edges by hand and then creating the distressed flower detail on the front. I added some beads leftover from Keira's birthday party last year. Et voila..

I like how these sewing projects keeps my mind free of other things..


Sweet Shot Day

17 comments:

And So I Whisper said...

well done ! It is beautiful! and looks great on her. Now she will want a new outfit every weekend.
hope you have a wonderful day.

Paul & Paula said...

i like it... I am waiting for the fabric I ordered and I will make a dress for my daughter as well...very simple, very summer.

At the moment, actually I started the first sewing together yesterday eve, I do a skirt for me...haha...lets see if I can wear it outside :)

kribss said...

what a beautiful job! i don't have the patience for sewing thats why i have numerous undone projects!

Carolina said...

Great job! She's so cute and the dress is lovely... :)
I love japanese magazines and their patterns.
Have a nice day!

MarieLaure said...

j'adore !!!!!!!!!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

You are so talented! Really adorable!

Nani said...

you say your not good at this but I beg to differ. Your amazing! I love the little dress and the colors are perfect for spring. I cannot wait to see what else you come up with!

Sandy a la Mode said...

i love her beautiful dress, the colors are soo fab! your photography just gets better and better girl!!

KLT said...

I love that you are enjoying making dresses Chantale! This is so cute-those buttons on the front is a great detail. It's so sweet that you added beads from K's birthday. So fun for Keira to have such an expanding wardrobe! Makes me want to sew for a little girl. The fabric is really pretty too! :) Hope you have a great Tuesday!

Audrey said...

I love the fabric you chose. Also the details!!! Buttons from your wedding blazer? How special is that? You are very talented lady!!!!

OLD BRAND NEW said...

Super skills you got there! And you have yourself the perfect muse. Anything will look precious on miss K!

Lia Chen said...

Chantale, you have a very talented hands! I love the flower details on the front and the fabric is so nice. Pretty dress! Looking forward to see more of your sewing projects o(^▽^)o

Fei An said...

Your work and your photography is absolutely amazing and beautiful! I enjoy looking at Kiki's pictures for each time. She brings happiness and pure enjoyment to me, thanks for this!

megan said...

she is just such a cutie and it looks like you two have such FUN with your fashion shoots! beautiful dress, and i love that you reused materials from something so special (your wedding blazer) -- passing those heirlooms down to her early, haha! and the best thing is when she grows out of this dress, you could take 'em off and use 'em again :o)

TLC_Designs said...

Chantale, this dress is adorable! And so is the green one :) I like the detail on the back and of course the beads are darling. Kiki is becoming a wonderful model - she's a natural!

*Tania @ Passport2Design.com

Bron said...

This dress is gorg!

Have started to get into sewing in a tiny way. And I mean TINY (like adjusting a dress to make it fit better -- not making the whole thing). Go you!

Alely said...

oh em gee! love the dress! you are rockin' with those mad sewing skills of yours! i would love to make these for my goddaughters except for they are in CA and i wouldn't know how big or small i would need to make them since i won't see them until summertime.

great job friend!

xo,
alely